Recipe for Belgian Endive Salad


1/3 cup white wine vinegar
2/3 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
4 3 ounce belgian endives
1 assorted wild or pickled
1 mushrooms
1 assorted fresh herbs and
1 pesticide-free edible
1 flowers
1 pickled ginger, sliced
1 plum tomato


Marinade: In a screw-top jar combine wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and sugar. Cover and shake well. Set aside.

Belgian Endive Salad: Cut Belgian endive into fan shapes. Using a large knife, cut each endive lengthwise from endive tips to base, cutting to but not through the base. Turn endive a quarter turn and cut lengthwise again. This now forms 4 large "petals." Cut each quarter lengthwise again to form 8 "petals" that are still held intact by the base.

Run cold water into center of each endive. Drain. Arrange in a shallow dish. Shake marinade and pour over endive. Marinate 10 minutes, spooning marinade over endive twice. Remove endive from marinade with a slotted spoon. Drain on paper towels, patting gently to remove excess marinade.

On each of 4 serving plates, spread out an endive "fan." Scatter mushrooms over endive. Decorate endive "petals" with fresh herbs and flowers to resemble a flower arrangement. Arrange ginger on each endive near base. Halve tomato crosswise, using a zigzag cut. Remove pulp and seeds. Cut each tomato half in half again, lenghtwise. Fit a tomato quarter over base of each endive to form a "vase."

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